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Follicular Unit Grafting (FUG)

Follicular Unit Hair Grafts

Hair transplantation is essentially a two-part procedure.

Hair is first harvested from the back part of the head, where hair is generally resistant to male pattern baldness. The second part entails hair such hair being transplanted into the balding areas.

The two most typical methods of hair transplantation are Follicular Unit Extraction(FUE) and Follicular Unit Grafting(FUG). These two techniques differ in the harvesting portion of the transplant while the placing remains the same.

FUG, the most popular method, excises thin strips of hair from the donor region and then dissects these strips into grafts of individual follicular units containing one, two, three or four hairs. (By contrast, FUE extracts these individual grafts directly from the scalp, one at a time.) These hairs are then transplanted into tiny receptor sites in the balding areas.

FUG leaves thin linear scars in the donor area. Hair will grow through these scars and they are very well concealed. When you’re fully healed from your FUG procedure, the scars will be very difficult to detect, even on close inspection.

The FUG procedure has some important advantages and disadvantages when compared to FUE. More hairs can be transplanted in a single session of FUG than in a session of FUE. If your hair restoration goal requires a very high number of grafts, you might require more sessions of FUE than you might if we used FUG. You might even just need the one session of FUG! Also, when compared to FUE, FUG is significantly less expensive.

As a disadvantage, FUG require incisions, men who wear their hair very short (a crewcut, for example) might want to consider FUE instead. Recovery from FUG is slightly longer than from FUE because sutures are required to close the incisions in the donor area .

Dr. Halaas can help you to determine which method might be best for you during a complimentary consultation. She will evaluate your hair loss, discuss your goals, and help you weigh the risks and benefits of your many options.

See Before and After Photos of FUG Hair Transplant Patients